Made it to the apartment

Well, Christina and I did arrive in Barcelona in one piece yesterday afternoon. We landed right on time around 2:30 PM and had an adventurous time making it to our apartment. It took us a lot of question asking, map reading, and confusion, but we were able to take a train to the metro (subway) which had a stop at La Sagrada Familia near our apartment. (The cathedral is incredible!)

We eventually got in after an hour or so of waiting around. Apparently there was some miscommunication w/ the rental company. Tongue It's a nice place with a lot of handy stores close by (restaurants, grocery store, pharmacy, etc.). We hooked up with two of the other roomies (Balazs from Budapest, Hungary and Philippe from Paris, France) and had an excursion to Moshe Weitzman's apartment for a little meet and greet with Drupallers and their non-geeky partners. There we got to hang out with Moshe and his wife and Simon (e-commerce) and his wife. Barry Jaspan showed up a little later, along with another couple (Dan and Amy I believe), the woman half of which Christina was supposed to hang out with today.

We got to bed sometime around 11 PM local time after very little sleep on the airplane. I was actually planning on waiting up for Nik and Shakur from the U.K. to show up, but I fell right asleep almost as soon as I got horizontal. Basically... we were wiped out. Now it's actually today, and I'm typing from a connection room in the Drupalcon venue. I'll be posting a little more about that in a minute if I get chance. Just wanted to send out a quick note to tell you all... we made it! Lol

Session outlines posted

Well, after many hours of typing away, I've finally finished the three session outlines. I posted them over at Ubercart.org and think a link from here will suffice. I'd appreciate any feedback on the outlines and content covered, especially if I'm leaving out something important! Now I just need to finalize the demo servers and I'm outta here. Cool

Click here for the thread with the outlines.

Coming to a Drupalcon near you...

That's right... Ubercart has been slated for not just one session at this year's Drupalcon in Barcelona but three. I suppose we're only doing three because I am not superhuman (after all). The sessions will each target different audiences and are outlined below:

  • Ubercart.org Shop Talk - This session is really a presentation on the Ubercart website, the community hub that is supporting the Ubercart project. I've made plenty of mistakes along the way and am hoping to show others the scars so they can learn from my (bad) example. I strongly believe that Ubercart's growing success in due to the fact that we run a distinct community site separate from Drupal.org, but that may hurt us in the long run as we forfeit greater exposure on the developer community. We still have much to learn and aren't out of ideas by any stretch of the imagination!
  • Hello Ubercart! - This session is an introduction to Ubercart and its features. It will be aimed at the evaluator interested in seeing what Ubercart can really do. Most folks dropping in will know little more of Ubercart other than the name and a vague idea of what it does. The plan here is to walk through an install and a store setup to give people a good idea of Ubercart's core features and direction for the future. I also want to introduce attendees to Ubercart.org so they know where to go to find support, post bugs, find contributions, and check out other Ubercart sites.
  • Ubercart Development - This session is an introduction to developing modules for Ubercart. I'll work real hard to get attendees up to speed on the development process and explain our basic goals and desires for the future. I really hope to recruit other folks during this time by getting them interested in the project. I believe it's worth anyone's investment and can name a half dozen people out there making money off my freely distributed project right now!

So, there you have it. I've never been to Drupalcon, so it seems like an awful lot to take on my first go round. However, you don't fly to Spain every day, so I may as well take advantage of the time! I love public speaking, particularly about subjects I really enjoy (Bible, Christina, Drupal). This really is the perfect opportunity, and it couldn't be possible if it weren't for my uber-generous boss (Andy) sending me. I hope to make it worth his while and bring back so many code secrets he'll have to keep me under guard to make sure I'm not kidnapped by the Commies to work on their websites.

I hope to use this blog to report on the conference, so feel free to check back more often next week while it's going on. Christina and I just bought a nice little digital camera with the last of our wedding money, so expect to see some pretty pictures (of things in Spain, not just of my wife).

And now... it's back to work on the sessions.

Inspired to get some work done

Well, this site has been sitting largely unused for some time now. I've scarcely touched my personal blog until just recently. Lots has been going on, including work on the Ubercart project, getting married, buying a house, and now preparing for Drupalcon. In the middle of all this, I've found enough inspiration to get this website in working order. A few good leads and opportunities to promote my consulting and development services have come my way, and it won't do to have a seldom updated, moldy site sitting around for people to find!

I plan on sticking with the core Drupal theme Garland as long as possible. Why? Really, I just love the way it looks! I'll do some tweaking here and there, but I imagine I'll stick with it as a vote of confidence in the Drupal core. Instead of a full custom redesign, I'll take advantage of the wonderful contributed modules I would recommend to any clients and will hopefully have something presentable in the next few days.

Until then, feel free to check out any of the links above!

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